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favorite Indian vegetable side dish?

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I'm having an Indian themed dinner party next week and am looking for a tasty vegetable side dish. The rest of the menu seems pretty starchy (naan, rice, samosas, mini papadums, a spicy shrimp dish, desserts) so I was hoping for something with some lighter veggies (i.e. not potatoes, etc...) Maybe green beans? Not sure if all the guest will enjoy okra, which seems to be popular in Indian cuisine. Any recipes/ideas appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. I really like saag paneer, spinach and paneer cheese in a spicy herby sauce.

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    1. re: Candy

      I absolutely agree, an Indian meal is just not complete for me without it.

    2. Aloo Gobi, easy on the califlower or you could say heavy on the potatoes, very spicy! I am going to try the recipe from the DVD extra features on Bend it Like Beckham. A classic where the films director is 'supervised' by her aunties while she prepares this dish.

      1. I often make green beans with coconut--
        Saute green beans in a bit of oil. When nearly done, add a healthy amount of minced garlic (I use 3-4 big cloves), about 1/4 cup of shredded (unsweetened) coconut, and red pepper flakes to taste (this amount of coconut is for our family of 4, about 1 lb beans). Cook till the coconut and garlic is golden.

        1. I make the roasted eggplant...of course cannot remember the name but it is often served with peas. If you need a recipe I can find mine for you, it is delicious!

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          1. re: 4chowpups

            do pass it along; i'd love to try it!

          2. You don't say how you are fixing the shrimp, but if it doesn't have tomatoes in it, I have a delicious recipe for green beans that has ginger, garlic, tomatoes, spices and lots of lemon juice in it. I also have a simple green bean recipe with mustard seeds, garlic, and hot chili flakes. If you'd like either, please post a request and I'll be happy to help.

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            1. re: Terrie H.

              I would love both those recipes, please!!